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Teaching EpidemiologyA guide for teachers in epidemiology, public health and clinical medicine$
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Jørn Olsen, Rodolfo Saracci, and Dimitrios Trichopoulos

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239481

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239481.001.0001

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Cancer epidemiology

Cancer epidemiology

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(p.291) Chapter 17 Cancer epidemiology
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Teaching Epidemiology
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Pagona Lagiou

Dimitrios Trichopoulos

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239481.003.017

This chapter outlines a course in cancer epidemiology that integrates simple principles of biology with epidemiologic characteristics, so that the discipline emerges as a hybrid of empirical research and biomedical insight. The goal of cancer epidemiology is not only to describe the principal risk factors of various forms of cancer, but to evaluate the compatibility of the risk profile of a particular cancer with alternative biologic hypotheses. The chapter presents an option for the structure of the course, which can be adjusted to accommodate the experience and style of the instructor, as well as the background and pace of the class. It covers teaching approaches for a short review of biology, assessment of causality in cancer epidemiology, descriptive cancer epidemiology, and cancer causation by exposure category and cancer site. It ends with a suggestion for an evaluation tool that can help instructors and students assess their progress and accomplishments in the context of the goals of the course.

Keywords:   cancer epidemiology, cancer, causality, cancer biology, cancer sites

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